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June 26, 2015
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Ariz. reservations hit hard by Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a potentially fatal tick-borne zoonotic disease, emerged on Arizona Native American reservations in 2003, with 300 reported cases and 20 deaths in the communities between 2002 and 2014. The economic toll on just two reservations surpassed $13 million. Cost has been seen as a barrier to tick-control programs, "but medical expenses and lives lost cost four times more than RMSF prevention efforts. Increasing access to these prevention efforts is critical to save lives and protect communities," said epidemiologist Naomi Drexler. Medscape (free registration) (6/24)
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Scientists see parallels between snake fungus and white-nose syndrome
U.S. snakes are being ravaged by Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that shares some characteristics with the agent that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, experts say. Both diseases persist in a variety of environments and affect a number of species. It's not clear if all U.S. snake species are susceptible to O.ophiodiicola, but among those that are, mortality is 100%. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (6/25)
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Released pet goldfish are reaching monstrous proportions
Officials in Canada and the U.S. are finding large numbers of giant goldfish in the wild. The goldfish are likely released by owners who don't want them anymore, but without the restrictions of tanks, the fish are growing to huge proportions and multiplying, according to experts. One U.S. fisherman caught a three-pound, 15-inch goldfish in a Michigan lake. The proliferation poses problems including fecal contamination that may be detrimental to algae growth. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
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Okla. zoo sea lion pup stillborn
Oklahoma City Zoo staff reported that their pregnant sea lion, Pearl, gave birth to a stillborn pup. Veterinarians attempted to resuscitate the pup, but she couldn't be saved. They will now focus on Pearl's reintegration into the sea lion group. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)/The Associated Press (6/25)
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Retirees weigh the pros and cons of owning a pet
Cat Brings Therapy And Delight To The Elderly
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Many baby boomers are retiring, and even those who had pets most of their lives are considering whether their golden years should include animals. Some are concerned about expenses, while others worry that their pets may outlive them or that a senior care facility won't accept animals. However, an industry is growing around seniors with pets, including companies that provide pet sitting and dog walking. Some groups may offer pet rentals or pet sharing services, and organizations also consider fostering a way of helping seniors spend time with animals without committing long term. Associated Press (6/24)
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Veterinarians oppose proposed tax on pet services in N.C.
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New York's Animal Medical Center. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Veterinarians say a proposed tax on veterinary services in North Carolina would hurt animals and their owners. A proposed tax would hit pet services including health care and grooming as well as other services such as car maintenance. "My biggest concern is families not being able to get the care that they need and we risk different zoonotic diseases that come up," said veterinarian Erin Byrd. WTVD-TV (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.) (6/24)
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Wash. law says police can break into hot cars to free pets
A new law in Washington state makes it legal for police officers to break into a car with a pet inside on a day hot enough to cause health problems for the animal. Police will not be held responsible for damage to the car. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (free content) (6/25)
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Video: Ear care for dogs
Dogs' ears come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. But no matter the shape, all dogs can get ear infections. That's why proper ear care is essential for all dogs. In this AVMA video, Dr. Julia Georgesen tells you all about a dog's ears and how to properly clean them. Watch the video.
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